01 Feb 2019

Cassils: Solutions

Station Museum of Contemporary Art

Reviewed by Bryan Hilley

"Solutions" is a mid-career survey of Cassils, an artist whose work addresses issues of self-representation and public resistance experienced by transgender and non-binary individuals. Using various mediums - photography, sculpture, video, performance, and installation - Cassils highlights the fluidity of gender identity.

The exhibition’s centerpiece, Pissed (2017), appears as a riff on Minimalism's stoic cube. But further viewing reveals insides that are in constant motion. Originally the acrylic structure stored 200 gallons of the artist’s own urine collected since Trump’s rescission of an executive order allowing transgender students to use the bathroom matching their gender identities. This 2018 remounting displays urine gathered from Houston citizens during a months long "piss drive." The work hopes to begin conversations in a city where a 61% of voters rejected a 2015 anti-discrimination ordinance amid fears it would allow male sexual predators entry to women's bathrooms.

Exhibition Cassils: Solutions link
Start date 03 Nov 2018
End date 03 Mar 2019
Presenter Station Museum of Contemporary Art link
Venue 1502 Alabama Street, Houston, TX, USA map
Image Installation view, Cassils: Solutions, photo by Alejandro Santiago, courtesy of the Station Museum of Contemporary Art

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